This time we dive into one of the three main grapes of the Northern Rhône: Marsanne. Related to Roussanne, the grape with which it is almost always blended, this grape reaches its heights in the wines of Hermitage in northern Rhône and does exceptional things around the world from Victoria and South Australia, to the US, to New Zealand and South Africa.
Although not a grape you will encounter as a standalone varietal that often, its contribution to the great whites of the Rhone can’t be underestimated. This grape is vital to understand if you are interested in diving deeper into the world of Rhône whites (which you definitely should do!).
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Sources used in the show:
- Wines of the Rhone, Matt Walls (also listen to Episode 458 with Matt Walls)
- Wine Grapes, Dr. José Vouillamoz, Jancis Robinson, and Julia Harding
- Grapes & Wines, Oz Clarke and Margaret Rand
- Tablas Creek Blog (Also, episodes 162, 281, 440 with Jason Haas of Tablas Creek)
- Tahbilk Winery Site
- The Wine Cellar Insider